David P. Magee: Projects would destroy community character
A recent headline in the Steamboat Pilot and Today highlighted the growth in Routt County. This growth is the result of many factors. Your article speaks to such things.
I read with interest an article in your May 3 edition regarding a “Committee in favor of annexation formed.” Notable on this list are people who stand to gain the most financially from this development.
Realtors? No surprise there. In favor of locals housing? Absolutely no guarantee on that. In fact, there are multiple excuses for huge increases in the “suggested” pricing. The impact of this development would echo through the land that it would destroy to make this development viable.
1. The traffic issues in this town are already noteworthy. My drive to the west end of town took as long as 35 to 40 minutes this winter. I made the same drive today in 10 minutes.
2. The number of vehicles that this development represents will pollute our clean air, and the stop-and-go traffic will be intolerable. There is already a rush hour on U.S. Highway 40 in the morning and in the afternoon. Elk River Road is almost always backed up and it too has its own rush hour. Did anyone move to this beautiful town to take in the views in a traffic jam?
3. Did anyone who moved here want to return to the congestion of the city and suburbs? I know I didn’t. Take a ride to the Roaring Fork Valley to sample the impact of such congestion. I spent time there before the over-development when the ride from Glenwood Springs to Aspen was a pleasant ride through the Colorado countryside. Today, it is stop and go, and residents must plan their day to avoid the rush hour.
We live in one of the last Colorado towns to maintain its character, don’t let that go away. Today, a bulldozer knocked down some log homes and pine trees on Pine Grove Road. This is brinksmanship in the true sense of the word — the act of bullies.
In the words of The Eagles in their song, “The Last Resort,” “some rich man came and raped the land, nobody caught him …” Think about it.
We cannot undue our mistakes. If Marriott hotels fail in the lawsuit against them, that land has been raped and that ugly hole will serve as a reminder … forever.
With respect to our town,
David P. Magee
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